Flora of the Nilgiris

Plants from Asclepiadaceae
Flora of Nilgiri Biosphere (Eastern Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve)
Flora of Nilgiri Biosphere (Northern Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve)
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Caralluma umbellata Haw.


Irula Name : Kallichedi, Chinna Kalli chedi, Narae kathalai
Tamil Name : Kallimulaiyaam, Kalmulaiyan, Sirunkalli, Yerumai kannimulliyaan



Habit : An erect succulent herb.

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Caralluma attenuata Wight



Tamil Name : Kallimulaiyaam



Habit : An erect succulent herb.

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Calotropis gigantea (L.) R. Br.

English Name : Giant Milkweed
Irula Name : Yerukku
Tamil Name : Yerukku, Arkkam
Hindi Name : Mudar, Ak
Malayalam Name : Erikku

Habit : A shrub.

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Asclepias curassavica L.

English Name : Blood Flower


Hindi Name : Kak tund, Raktapushpa


Habit : An erect, simple or much branched shrub.

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Wattakaka volubilis (L.f.) Stapf

English Name : Green Milkweed Climber
Irula Name : Peria palai/Pasandha ambu
Tamil Name : Kodi palai, Kurinja
Hindi Name : Akad bel


Habit : A liana.

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Tylophora indica (Burm.f.) Merr.

English Name : Panacea Twiner
Irula Name : Kirumagali
Tamil Name : Nangilaippiraptai, Paalai keerai
Hindi Name : Antamul
Malayalam Name : Vallipaala

Habit : A branching twiner.

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Secamone emetica (Retz.) R.Br. ex Schultes


Irula Name : Elugina
Tamil Name : Angaravalli, Siruathankodi



Habit : A profusely branched straggler.

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Sarcostemma intermedium Decne.


Irula Name : Pasandi kodi, Mosurguduka

Hindi Name : Phok


Habit : A succulent straggler with trailing leafless jointed stem.

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Pergularia daemia (Forsskal) Chiov.


Irula Name : Kurutigai
Tamil Name : Vaelipparuthi, Seendhal kodi



Habit : A slender climber.

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Hemidesmus indicus R.Br.

English Name : Indian Sarsaparilla
Irula Name : Kir magalie
Tamil Name : Nannari, Suganthi paalaa



Habit : A twiner or creeper.

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